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Budget supports general practice pharmacists

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May 8, 2018

PSA welcomes the announcement in tonight’s 2018-19 Federal Budget for a new Workforce Incentive Program to strengthen multidisciplinary primary care through supporting general practices to engage allied health professionals including non-dispensing pharmacists.

“We welcome tonight’s Budget, and are particularly pleased to see the role of pharmacists is now being recognised through inclusion in this important program,” said Dr Shane Jackson, National President of the PSA.

“This outcome has been achieved through the continued parallel advocacy of the PSA and other organisations, primarily the Australian Medical Association.”

Pharmacists have clearly signalled a desire to have new and diverse career opportunities open to them allowing utilisation of their significant skills, training and experience.

“As the government-appointed peak body for pharmacists, we look forward to working with the government and our medical colleagues on the training, credentialing and standards of practice for pharmacists working in these practices; and ensuring these complement and align with the range of professional programs provided through community pharmacy,” said Dr Jackson.

This announcement signals a sustainable career pathway for pharmacists working collaboratively within the general practice team, according to Dr Chris Freeman, PSA National Vice-President and general practice pharmacist.

“This is a win for patients through improved quality use of medicine outcomes, a win for the pharmacy profession through a new sustainable career pathway, and a win for government through return on investment in primary care,” said Dr Freeman.

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Media contact:
Jarryd Luke
Communications Officer
0487 922 176

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